A Flagship Heels to Starboard

The New Republic, founded as a vehicle of the intellectual left, appoints conservative Andrew Sullivan as editor

Which of these characteristics might not normally be used to describe the editor of the New Republic: a) conservative; b) Catholic; c) British; or d) outspokenly gay.

Try "All of the above." In Andrew Sullivan, 28, the 77-year-old magazine once considered the flagship of American intellectual liberalism has a new editor who defies the old conventions, just as the New Republic now does itself. "I'm a conservative with a small c," said Sullivan last week, hours after his first issue as editor had appeared. "I'm much more comfortable running pieces that are unashamedly conservative than my predecessors were."

Those predecessors included...

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